112. Comfortably Challenging Yourself, Subconscious Weight-Loss Strategies, and Self Empowerment with Sally Symonds

112. Comfortably Challenging yourself, Subconscious weight-loss strategies, and self empowerment with Sally Symonds

112. Comfortably Challenging yourself, Subconscious weight-loss strategies, and self empowerment with Sally Symonds


Sally Symonds is originally from a cattle property, but her diverse background also includes a Bachelor of Arts with Honours in English Literature, a Master of Arts, an Associate in Speech and Drama Australia, and a Licentiate in Speech and Drama Australia. In 2002 Sally was awarded the Rhoda Felgate Memorial Scholarship enabling her to study accents and dialects with the legendary Bill Pepper, Head of Voice at NIDA in Sydney.While dedicated to her degrees and the study of language Sally found herself at a fork in the road, when she was rejected from a promotion at work. This was one of the key pivotal moments in her life, changing career and changing her life.

The second transformation came when Sally lost 50% of her body weight and has been able to keep it off for over 12 years. This is something that only 4% of dieters are able to say. Sally took this event in her life, and has since used it to support and encourage others to do the same in their life. Now focused on fitness and health, Sally is also a qualified personal trainer, wellness coach and NLP (Neuro-Linguistics Programming) practitioner. Sally has used her expertise to establish herself as the highly regarded corporate consultant for success, motivation and work-life balance that she is today.


In this episode we talk about:

  • How Sally transformed life twice
  • Morbidly obese
  • Writing and speaking career
  • Lost 45 kilos and kept it off for 12 years
  • How to stop paying attention to the hurdle rather than the race as a whole
  • Rejected from a promotion led to her epiphany
  • What works for weight-loss marketing doesn’t work for weight-loss
  • How walking for 5 minutes a day changes her life
  • Why only 4% of people who loose weight keep it off
  • The importance of being “comfortably challenged”
  • Marketing lies that are dangerous
  • Distinction between successful weightloss
  • The key that works for weight-loss
  • What makes Sally promote weightloss
  • Why people accept it as fact that you can’t keep the weight off
  • 50% of people that keep it off, aren’t specifically following a program, its a mindset
  • Strategies
  • Finding the perfect diet for you Physically, Psychologically and Emotionally
  • Why you should design your own workout regime
  • Importance of 26 weeks
  • Small bites
  • Psychology of food
  • Money-back Guarantee
  • The biggest challenge in weight-loss
  • Self empowerment of dieting
  • How to get “in the zone”
  • When it no longer feels like exercise
  • Getting past the “I have to do this” point
  • Step by step weight loss
  • Finding your preferred method of exercise
  • Exercise personality profile
  • How to capture the weight-loss mindset
  • Importance of Believe that you can achieve
  • What it means to be “anchored”
  • Using routine to help you loose weight
  • Subconscious strategies to loosing weight
  • Visual triggers to help you loose weight

Nutrition and Meal Plans

What foods to avoid

I don’t eat butter much. When I started loosing weight I started spending more time in the super market rather than the gym, because I spent more time focusing on what is good for me, rather than just looking at the brand. Generally chips, sodas, and things like that.

What foods to actively seek out

My super-foods are: Fruits and vegetables, eggs, meat, milk, and even frozen vegetables.

Sally Symonds’ fondest food memories

Prawn Sandwiches with butter

Know more about Sally Symonds

Who would you love to have dinner with and where?

I would love to eat with Madonna, in Brisbane a steak in the Cha cha cha or Norman or Legal Seafood in Boston.

Hardest thing you have ever done?

Going to the gym and training for the first time by myself.

Last meal on the planet?

Prawn Sandwiches



Where to find Sally Symonds


Exercise Personality Quiz



Author: Ronsley Vaz

Ronsley is the founder & chief day dreamer at AMPLIFY. He is an author, speaker & serial entrepreneur.

He has a Masters’ degree in Software Engineering and an MBA in Psychology and Leadership. He is known as the creator of We Are Podcast – the first Podcasting Conference in the Southern Hemisphere, and the host of The Bond Appetit Podcast and Should I Start a Podcast. He has an audience of over 3 million in 133 countries.

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